Woman dragged by SUV in Whittier attempted robbery

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A woman suffered injuries after she was dragged by an SUV in a Whittier parking lot during a violent attempted purse snatching that was caught on video. (KABC)

A woman suffered injuries after she was dragged by an SUV in a Whittier parking lot during a violent attempted purse snatching that was caught on video.

The incident occurred on April 25 around 5:40 p.m. in the parking lot of a Sprouts Farmers Market in the 15600 block of Whittwood Lane.

The victim was walking through the parking lot when she was approached by three male suspects in a dark-colored SUV. She said the men were asking her for directions.

Whittier police said the front right passenger in the vehicle asked the victim for directions to a fast food restaurant, luring her closer toward the car.

When the victim was in close proximity of the SUV, the suspect reached out and grabbed the woman's purse. That's when the driver hit the gas.

"In all my years, people don't act that way. They don't try and take other people's things or hurt other people," the victim said.

The car lurched forward with the victim still hanging onto her purse. The victim was dragged for a few feet before both she and the suspect let go of the purse, which appeared to fall on the ground.

The surveillance video shows one of the suspects exiting the car briefly before quickly getting back inside. The car then speeds out of view.

Authorities said the woman suffered a laceration to her head, but she will be OK. Police described the victim as being elderly, though her age and identity were not revealed.

"I've got like between a 5 to 6-inch bruise on my hip and I had like an orange-sized lump on my head," the woman said.

The surveillance video appears to show the woman retrieving her purse from the ground after the incident, but it was not clear if the suspects made off with any of its contents.

Authorities said the woman was very close to being run over by the vehicle. Police believe the men may be looking for other victims.

One of the suspects involved in this crime was described as man in his 20s with tattoos on his face, police said. The victim said she did not believe the other young men had tattoos, and a couple of them were wearing white T-shirts.

If you have any relevant information about this incident, you're urged to contact the Whittier Police Department at (562) 567-9281 or the department's crime tip line at (562) 567-9299.
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